The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.
The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.
The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, September 22 - November 10
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, September 24 - November 12
Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday November 7.
Buddhist Studies Course:
Mindfulness in Depth - An Experiential Program for People Who Have Begun a Mindfulness Practice
Mindfulness of Dharma - The Hindrances
Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, September 30 - November 18
Friday, July 10, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, July 12, Noon
Practice Period at Hokyoji
Located in southeastern Minnesota
Seven-day practice period:
Monday Aug. 31, 5:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 7, 2:00 P.M.
Friday Sept. 4, 7:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 7, 2:00 P.M.
Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
(The last Sunday gathering before the August break will be on July 26. Sunday gatherings will resume on Sept. 13.)
Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.
(No Friday gathering on June 19. The last Friday gathering before the August break will be on July 31. Friday gatherings will resume on Sept. 11.)
Wednesday morning, 7:00-8:45 A.M. (No Wednesday morning meditation on June 3. August
dates to be determined.)
Friday evenings, June 12 and July 24